Our ceramics are made by local artists - ordinary people from the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal,
who are given training, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work,
under the guidance of our founder, Fée Halsted.
Gladys Msele was born on May 20, 1966, at Emadolobheni, in KwaZulu-Natal.
She did her education at Sizathina High School, where she got her Standard nine, and left at the end of 1983. Gladys is single, and has four children.
Gladys heard about Ardmore through Beatrice Nyembe and asked Fée Halsted to teach her to be a painter. She started with Ardmore in 1993 and has been part of the studio ever since, moving from the Drakensberg studio to Caversham in 2009.
At the ‘Berg studio she painted alongside Mavis Shabalala, Thembi Zikala and Ottilia Nxumalo. Since 2009, she has worked alongside Rosemary Mazibuko and Matrina Xaba.
Gladys’s painting is bold, direct, bright and beautifully executed and composed. Her works have a great appeal to collectors and she prefers to work on a white background which brings out the clarity of her designs.
In 2014 her blue Tanzanite series of animals winged their way to Miami for the Pascoe & Co. WMODA show.
Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town
State President's Guest HousePretoria
Exhibitions at SA Embassy ResidenceGermany
Marl Concert HallGermany
Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany
Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany
Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg
Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape
Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg
International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales
SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia
Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg
City Arts CouncilEdinburgh
‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg
Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg
Groote SchuurCape Town
South Africa HouseLondon
‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town
‘Grand Carnival’Cape Town
‘Grand Carnival’ launchJohannesburg
Pascoe & Co.United States
‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London
Gallery Isabelle TurquinFrance
Journee des CeramiquesFrance
Hermanus Fyn ArtsHermanus, Western Cape
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
Ed PascoeFlorida, United States
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London
‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus, Western Cape
‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Great Herds’Nairobi, Kenya
‘Birds of Africa’Harare, Zimbabwe
WMODA, Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States
‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London
'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town